Now, its story time... The Cockspur Island Lighthouse was the original marker of the Savannah River. The Tybee Island lighthouse replaced it. The Cockspur Island Lighthouse is less than 2 miles from Ft. Pulaski... This is a photo I took of a painting of the fort. The second photo is mine of the front of the fort. Here, you can see the fort in the background behind the lighthouse: This is a photo of the lighthouse from the top of the fort: Anyway, during the Civil War, the Confederates were in Ft. Pulaski, and the Union wanted to take it...Not so much the fort, but the Savannah River. The fort guarded the entrance of the river at the ocean. The Union ships showed up, and were pretty much in the same place I was when I took that photo of the lighthouse from the water. A very fierce battle that lasted 2 days took place between the Confederates and the Union. Cannon fire back and forth non stop. This little lighthouse stood directly in the crossfire between the Confederates in the fort and the Union ships...And never suffered a scratch from a stray cannonball. Both sides knew that whoever won would control the entrance to the Savannah River would need the lighthouse. Here's a look at the serious damage that was done to the fort by the Union..Notice the difference of colors in the bricks on the left hand side. The fort was repaired by the Union shortly after they took the fort. Here's a photo of the info plaques I shot that display the damage shortly after the battle.